Perpetrator interventions in Australia

Wednesday, 9th December 2015

An Australian first, this state of knowledge paper maps the pathways and interventions for perpetrators of domestic/family violence and sexual assault through civil and criminal legal systems; and examines the responses and service systems currently available to DFV and sexual assault perpetrators in each jurisdiction.  

The paper finds there is a need for extensive further research on what works and for whom in the Australian context. Four key areas for further investigation were identified: 1) systems effectiveness; 2) effectiveness of interventions; 3) models to address diversity of perpetrators; and 4) interventions developed by, with, and for Indigenous communities.

These four strategic research themes will guide the development of the ANROWS Perpetrator Interventions Research Program. In early 2016 ANROWS will call for applications for research grants under the Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream. Subscribe to receive updates on research grants, as well as other ANROWS news.

Perpetrator interventions in Australia: Part one - Literature review.

Download Landscapes Perpetrators Part One.pdf (2.56 MB)

Perpetrator interventions in Australia: Part two - Perpetrator pathways and mapping.

Notice of errata and amendments required to Part 2 Perpetrator pathways and mapping State of Knowledge paper. These amendments and errata are not currently reflected in the November on-line version of the paper.

Notice provided by ANROWS - 18 February 2016: The program list on page 22, notes that Relationships Australia’s Specialised Family Violence Services was due to end on 30 June 2015. Please note, the program did not end. Notice provided by ANROWS - 31 May 2016: Page 21 of the paper reported that there “are currently no programs for sentenced perpetrators, either within a community or custodial setting delivered in SA”. Please note, the Department for Correctional Services South Australia (DCS SA) piloted the Domestic Abuse Program (DAP) throughout 2013/14 and 2014/15. The DAP was piloted in both custodial and community environments and a review of its effectiveness was undertaken. The DCS SA’s DAP pilot program has also been omitted in the program list on page 22.

Download Landscapes Perpetrators Part Two.pdf (5.42 MB)

This work is part of the ANROWS Landscapes series. ANROWS Landscapes (State of knowledge papers) are medium length papers that scope current knowledge on an issue related to violence against women and their children. Papers will draw on empirical research, including research produced under ANROWS’s research program, and/or practice knowledge.